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    Biden's False Claims & L.A. Sheriff Targeted | 9.18.23

    enSeptember 18, 2023

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    • President Biden faces challenges from all sidesDespite initial support, Biden's reelection bid faces opposition from his party, media, and Congress, affecting his approval ratings and nomination prospects.

      President Joe Biden's reelection bid is facing significant challenges from various fronts, including his own party, the media, and Congress. His approval ratings are lagging, and he is dealing with questions about his age, mental capacities, and an impeachment inquiry. The unusual situation of an incumbent president facing opposition from his own party is having an impact on his standing. Moreover, the media, which was largely supportive of him during his first two years in office, has turned on him, adding to his troubles. These headwinds could make it difficult for Biden to secure the Democratic nomination again.

    • Media scrutiny of President Biden's truthfulness and conflicts of interestRecent media coverage has raised concerns over President Biden's truthfulness and potential conflicts of interest, fueling discussions about his ability to effectively lead the country moving forward.

      President Joe Biden's favorable media coverage has shifted in recent weeks, with outlets like CNN and The Washington Post raising concerns over his truthfulness and potential conflicts of interest. CNN highlighted Biden's pattern of embellishing stories about his past, while The Washington Post's editorial called for him not to run for re-election due to his age. Additionally, there was a heated exchange between Biden and NPR about unaddressed potential conflicts of interest regarding his son's business dealings. These developments have given ammunition to Republicans and fueled ongoing discussions about Biden's presidency. Despite his accomplishments, the growing scrutiny raises questions about his ability to effectively lead the country moving forward.

    • New Poll Shows Biden's Low Approval Ratings and Trailing Behind TrumpDespite facing an impeachment inquiry, Biden's approval ratings are low, and he trails Trump in polls. A violent attack on a cop adds to public safety concerns, making the upcoming race unpredictable.

      President Biden's approval ratings have been low and he has been trailing behind potential Republican opponents, including Donald Trump, in recent polls. A new Harvard Harris poll shows Biden under 50% approval on various issues and trailing Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup. This comes as Congress has launched an impeachment inquiry into the president. A plurality of Americans support the inquiry, and if Republicans can convince voters that Biden has broken the law, it could significantly impact the race. Additionally, a California sheriff's deputy was killed in a targeted attack on a squad car in Palmdale, adding to concerns about safety and security. These developments suggest an unpredictable race ahead.

    • Deputy Klinkenbroomer Shot and Killed While on DutyA 30-year-old deputy was shot and killed in Los Angeles, possibly targeted due to his uniform, leaving his fiancée behind.

      Deputy Ryan Klinkenbroomer, a 30-year-old, 8-year veteran of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and third-generation law enforcement officer, was shot and killed while on duty on Saturday night. The motive for the shooting is unclear, but Sheriff Robert Luna suggested that Klinkenbroomer may have been targeted because he was in uniform. This would not be an isolated incident, as in 2016, five police officers were killed and nine injured in Dallas when a gunman targeted officers due to his anger over police brutality. Klinkenbroomer had recently gotten engaged before his untimely death, adding to the tragedy. No suspects have been identified as of Sunday afternoon.

    • Record number of police officers killed in felonious attacks in US in 2021In 2021, 73 US police officers have been killed in felonious attacks, the highest number since 1995, excluding 9/11. Morale and recruitment for law enforcement are at a low. Officers face danger just for wearing a badge.

      The line of duty deaths of police officers in the US have reached a record high in 2021, with 73 officers killed in felonious attacks, making it the highest number since 1995, excluding the 2,001 deaths on September 11th. This alarming trend comes at a time when morale and recruitment for law enforcement are at an all-time low. The dangerous nature of police work, with officers becoming targets just for wearing the badge, underscores the heroism of their role. It's crucial that those responsible for these killings are brought to justice. The recent acquittal of Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, on 16 articles of impeachment, marks a significant development in Texas politics. The trial in the senate, which lasted 9 days, concluded with his acquittal on Saturday. This event adds another layer of complexity to the already intricate Texas political landscape.

    • Power struggle within Texas Republican Party during Attorney General Ken Paxton's impeachment trialDespite allegations of corruption and abuse of power, Ken Paxton was acquitted in the impeachment trial due to lack of support from Republicans, leading to criticism of the impeachment process and a call for constitutional amendments to prevent similar occurrences.

      The recent impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was seen as a power struggle within the Texas Republican Party, with conservatives led by Paxton against moderates in the state house. The senate vote on Saturday resulted in a decisive win for conservatives, as no more than 2 Republicans joined the 12 Democrats in support of any of the 16 impeachment charges. This left the pro-impeachment side short of even a majority of senators and far from the 21 votes needed for a super majority. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who presided over the trial, gave credit to senators for their thorough investigation but strongly condemned the process used by the house. He criticized the speaker and his team for ignoring precedent and wasting over $1,000,000 of taxpayer money on the impeachment. Patrick also called for a full audit of all taxpayer funds spent by the house and suggested amending the Texas constitution to prevent similar processes from happening again. At the heart of the impeachment charges was Paxton's relationship with an Austin real estate developer, Nate Paul. The case primarily focused on allegations of corruption and abuse of power, but it also highlighted the power struggle within the Texas Republican Party.

    • Impeachment trial of Texas AG Ken Paxton ends in acquittal amidst allegations of quid pro quoDespite the acquittal, the allegations of quid pro quo between Ken Paxton and a wealthy donor remain contentious. The trial's outcome may lead to lingering bad blood among Texas Republicans.

      The impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton resulted in an acquittal, but the allegations of quid pro quo between Paxton and a wealthy donor, who helped renovate his house and employed his mistress, remain contentious. The senators who voted to acquit Paxton stated that the evidence presented was mostly second-hand and no testimony was under oath. Paxton, in turn, accused the Texas House Speaker of working with the Biden administration to set him up in a corrupt impeachment process. The house speaker countered by stating that the trial cheated the people of Texas out of justice. The outcome of this situation may lead to lingering bad blood among Republicans in Texas.

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